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Aug. 6, 2015

Four GSLIS master’s students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the 2015-2017 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

The 2015-2017 ARL diversity scholars are:

Jul. 10, 2015

Seven GSLIS master's students have been named 2015 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association (ALA). Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program was created to promote diversity among graduate-level library school students. Each master's-level scholar receives $5,000 from the ALA as well as over $1,500 toward professional development opportunities. In addition, GSLIS provides each scholar with a tuition waiver. Illinois residents who are recipients of the Spectrum Scholarship also receive a grant from the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund, given by the Illinois Library Association (ILA).

The Spectrum Scholarship recipients at Illinois are:

  • Vivian Alvarez (ALSC Scholar in honor of Ellen Fader)
  • Anna Buck
  • Ariel Gonzalez
  • Erik Ponder (ProQuest Scholar)
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Alice Son (...
Jul. 2, 2015

Within the realm of social justice, professional resources can be scattered widely among the many disparate areas that intersect with this field, impeding research and fieldwork. A group of LIS doctoral students from across the country—all current American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellows—are working together to create a solution to this challenge called the Social Justice Collaboratorium (@SJCollaborate).

The working group behind the Collaboratorium includes GSLIS doctoral students RaShauna Brannon and Myrna Morales, as well as Laverne Gray (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Miraida Morales (Rutgers), Mario Ramirez (UCLA), and Elnora Tayag (UNC Chapel Hill). Together they devised an online resource available to support individuals working on social justice initiatives or members of the public interested simply in...

Jun. 30, 2015

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will join thousands of her fellow comic book fans in San Diego July 9-12 for Comic-Con International, one of the largest comics and entertainment events in the world. Tilley will share her expertise in comics and comics history through her participation in the following panel discussions:

"Lost (and Found) Comics Studies of the Past," with authors Brad Ricca and Sean Howe.

Over the past year, a number of surprising (and stunning) lost pieces of comics scholarship have come to light. In particular, we will discuss the 1942 comics thesis of "Superman" artist Paul Cassidy, newly discovered by Sean Howe. Cassidy’s thesis has been a revelation, but scholar Carol Tilley has begun unearthing additional comics theses from the 1930s and 1940s that expand our understanding of comics production practices, readership trends, and practical applications. What was the first comics...

Jun. 2, 2015

Several GSLIS affiliates presented this week at HASTAC 2015, the annual conference of the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Held at Michigan State University May 28-29, HASTAC 2015 featured presentations relating to the theme, "Art and Science of Digital Humanities."

GSLIS postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya presented an interactive session titled, "Workshop on Text Analytics with the HathiTrust Research Center: An Introduction to Tools for Working with Digitized Text and Metadata."

From the abstract: This workshop is intended for a broad audience ranging from curious graduate students exploring digital humanities to the experienced text mining researcher. The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the HathiTrust Digital Libraru collection and its...

Apr. 20, 2015

The GSLIS Office of Advancement is happy to announce that the School's first G. Edward Evans Minority Student Scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2015 semester. Dr. Evans's (PhD '69) goal in making this gift was to facilitate increased enrollment of underrepresented groups in LIS education and the information professions.

In addition to making a substantial personal gift to the School, Evans is calling on the publishers who have benefited from his professional success to contribute as well. Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, has accepted Evans's challenge and made a contribution to the scholarship fund. He is calling on his peers in the field to give as well.

After completing his PhD at GSLIS in 1969, Evans joined the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where he worked closely with the American Indian Studies Center and helped to secure scholarships for Native American students. He was...

Mar. 26, 2015

Deborah Stevenson, assistant professor and director of The Center for Children’s Books at GSLIS, will participate in several events in the coming weeks.

On March 30, Stevenson will deliver the 22nd annual Lois Lenski Children’s Literature Lecture at Illinois State University. Her talk will be titled, “The Elephants in the Room: The Challenges of Diversity in Youth Literature.”

Abstract: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nancy Larrick’s “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” the article that first moved the diversity discussion into the public spotlight. And still and again diversity—by which we mostly mean the lack of it—remains a huge topic in the world of children’s literature. Why hasn’t there been more progress since the 1960s, and what obstacles...